News Disney releases updated timeline for Parks and Resorts openings through 2026

LSLS

Well-Known Member
Let’s be real, outside of opening a new park as well, nothing can compete with a brand new park opening. Trying to compete would be wasted resources and should be focused on the year or two after Epic.

You don't need to convince people that are coming down for the new park to go to Disney instead, you need to convince them to go ALONG WITH going to Epic. If people are coming down to Universal for a week, the discounts they offer for multi-day tickets will looks a lot better than spending big on tickets to Universal and then big on Disney for a bunch of stuff you've ridden before.
 

fgmnt

Well-Known Member
It would shock me if Disney has any major new attractions in 2025 in Orlando. That would be a good time to bring back a night parade at MK if they’re ever gonna do it. I would imagine if they are going to deliver on their investment promise it will be one major new attraction each year from 2026-2031.
 

SpectreJordan

Well-Known Member
It's quite possible Disney will announce something around that time to draw media attention away from Universal, but there's a difference between making an announcement and having something actually open...which Universal will have.
They could announce they bought the Marvel rights back from Universal & that would only take a little away from the floods of EU videos/articles that will be posted online.

We haven't had a major US theme park open during the social media age. Epic Universe is going to be everywhere online when it opens.
 

HauntedPirate

Park nostalgist
Premium Member
You don't need to convince people that are coming down for the new park to go to Disney instead, you need to convince them to go ALONG WITH going to Epic. If people are coming down to Universal for a week, the discounts they offer for multi-day tickets will looks a lot better than spending big on tickets to Universal and then big on Disney for a bunch of stuff you've ridden before.
They could announce they bought the Marvel rights back from Universal & that would only take a little away from the floods of EU videos/articles that will be posted online.

We haven't had a major US theme park open during the social media age. Epic Universe is going to be everywhere online when it opens.

If they really want to step on Bob's juevos, Universal will make packages for a 4+ night on-site stay plus tickets very attractive about a year out from EU opening, and then slowly start walking them back after it opens. They'll make up in volume what they lose in raw dollars. Plus, if EU is as good as people think it will be, they'll earn a ton of goodwill and swing a lot of people away from WDW.

And you bet it's going to be everywhere. :) Uni fired a big shot across WDW's bow, and Bob has yet to respond.
 

Advisable Joseph

Active Member
Because Disney has nothing that will be opening in the parks in 2025 or 2026 (unless there is a quick - meaning 1-2 year turnaround - reskin of an existing attraction). Universal may, though... 🤔
Walt Disney Studios in Paris likely will have stuff opening up then, since various areas will be down for construction until 2025:
 

HauntedPirate

Park nostalgist
Premium Member
Walt Disney Studios in Paris likely will have stuff opening up then, since various areas will be down for construction until 2025:
Yep. They’ve been actively working on the lake expansion at WDSP (the scope of which is debatable, but that’s neither here nor there right now). They still have some spark left over there, the Bob’s haven’t ruined it completely yet.
 

jrhwdw

Well-Known Member
There's always entertainment to counter Epic....that is of course, WDW wants to improve on anything.....................
 

doctornick

Well-Known Member
There's always entertainment to counter Epic....that is of course, WDW wants to improve on anything.....................

That's what they will need to do if they really want to advertise something, anything -- night parade at MK, new night show at DAK, daytime parade at DHS. Pretty much the only things they could get up and running that soon.
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
I couldn’t care less about daytime parades but I’d love a nighttime light parade for the nostalgia. It was a unique Disney thing. You could actually have a pretty cool electric light boat parade at DAK in theory.
Fine…but that is in no way anything resembling a substitution for permanent investment available 12+ hours a day…365 days a year

TWDC has announced it has zero interest in improving wdw…that’s basically where we’re at

But we all hated Eisner, remember?
 

EPCOT-O.G.

Well-Known Member
They could announce they bought the Marvel rights back from Universal & that would only take a little away from the floods of EU videos/articles that will be posted online.

We haven't had a major US theme park open during the social media age. Epic Universe is going to be everywhere online when it opens.
The Vlogging Social Media Influencer Complex - or what’s left of it in a year and a half - come 2025

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TheIceBaron

Active Member
After the massive attendance numbers right after Wizarding World opened, WDW countered with a huge growth spurt in the years afterwards starting with Pandora. It still took them several years to react. I think considering the pace of their construction we will be lucky to experience a major WDW expansion before 2030
 

Lirael

Well-Known Member
I think they’re banking on the people coming to see Epic also spending a couple days at Disney while in Orlando, if we flew across the country to see Epic it’s what we’d do.
The problem is that most people have limited vacation days and budgets. People will start choosing to allocate time they'd usually be at disney to universal. MK and maybe HS might still hang on, but Epcot and AK are absolutely going to take a hit early on
 

Jambo Dad

Well-Known Member
it’s easy to lose sight of the problem by focusing on Uni. The problem is Disney is a mess and doesn’t appear to know what to do to get better. Absent a boardroom coup the current leadership remains committed to the path that got them here and is so full of mediocre idiots with zero creativity they will not suddenly make good decisions.

And even if that creativity is resurrected it will takes years to peel back the stupid and begin having a pipeline of good movies and new attractions. The short term hit they will take from epic universe is inevitable - they need to have a consistent measured response over years and not focus on that issue.

The desperate blue sky nonsense they have floated several times in the last year lacks thought and credibility and does not replace the planning, thoughtfulness or creative brilliance that Disney previously had.
 
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